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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
Jenna's Accident

“Jenna, would you like to go to the lake today? The hills are covered with wild flowers and the lake is full. We could take our boat out on the water and do some rowing,” her dad suggested.

“Dad, I'd love that. We haven't been rowing for a long time.” Jenna ran to her room to put on her boots.

They drove up to the lake, along a winding unpaved road. When Jenna saw the water, she jumped up and down in her seat. “There is it, Dad. It's so pretty.”

“Yes, it is. It's deep too and slippery so watch your footing.” He unhooked the boat and put it in the water. “Climb in, Jenna.”

She sat beside her dad and watched him row to the middle of the lake. The waves was slight and not very choppy. “Dad, how deep is the water? Do you think I could tell by looking over the edge of the boat?”

“Don't be silly, Jenna.” Her father laughed out loud. “The only way to tell how deep it is is to jump in.”

“I don't want to do that, Dad.” Jenna leaned over the side. Her fingers played in the cold water. She reached her arm deeper into the lake and before she knew it fell over the side.

“Daddy help me!”

Her father dropped the oars and reached over for her. He grabbed her arm and pulled her out. She was dripping from head to toe. “Jenna! Didn't I tell you to be careful. Now look at you. You're soaking wet.  We'll have to go home now.” He grabbed a towel and wrapped it around her.

Jenna shivered and wiped the tears away. “I didn't mean to fall in, Dad. It was an accident.”

“I know, sweetheart, but your teeth are chattering. We need to go home.” He rowed the boat back to the shore and carried Jenna to the car, where it was warm.

While he loaded the boat on the trailer behind the car, Jenna looked at the water and sighed. When her dad got back in the car, Jenna slipped her arms around his neck. “I love you, Daddy. Next time I won't worry about how deep it is.” She giggled and then sat back in her seat.

They drove home, watching the trees sway in the breeze and birds fly by. “It was a nice day today, Jenna. Thanks for going with me. I love you too.”

Jenna curled up against the door. “Any day with you, Daddy is wonderful.”

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